The capital and largest city of Estonia, Tallinn, is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland. Approximately 33% of Estonia's total population lives in Tallinn: 444,591 people.
Tallinn was founded in 1248, but the earliest human settlements date back 5,000 years, making it one of the oldest capital cities of Northern Europe. Due to its strategic location, the city became a major trade hub and a meeting point for various cultures and nations. Estonia's various rulers – Danish, Livonian, German, Swedish and Russian – have each left their mark on Tallinn's landscape, and their influence reflects in the city's architecture, art and cuisine.
The Medieval Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, can be found in the heart of the city. This is an area of cobblestone streets, gabled houses, churches and squares that developed from the 13th to the 16th centuries.
Other regions of the city reflect different ages, from the romantic, Tsarist-era Kadriorg Park to the early 20th-century wooden house district of Kalamaja. A modern shopping and business district in the city center completes the tableau, making Tallinn an amazing blend of old and new.
Tallinn is easy to reach as it's just a two- to three-hour flight from most European capitals. Lennart Meri International Airport is only 4 km from the city center, and is approximately a five-ten minute drive from downtown hotels. The ferry terminals and train station are also located a short distance from the Medieval Old Town. Thanks to its small size and compact layout, Tallinn is easy to explore on foot.
For further information about activities and attractions
in Tallinn and the surrounding area,
including sightseeing and restaurants,
visit the Tallinn official tourism portal:
TOURING IN AND AROUND TALLINN
Sunset in Tallinn during the Conference is at about 22:30, leaving plenty of time to enjoy a stroll in the Old Town after sessions.
We recommend taking a day trip to explore other fascinating and beautiful sites within Tallinn, outside the Old Town.
In addition, tours are available from Tallinn to neighboring countries such as Latvia and Lithuania.